Fifth grade students are studying measurement in math class this month. Earlier in the year, they learned the metric system in science class, and they are now learning all things “customary.” Today was a lesson on capacity and they were given the “gallon challenge” to prove their conversions. For example:
  • “How many teaspoons in a tablespoon?”  Prove it!
  • “How many tablespoons in a cup?” Prove it!
  • “How many cups in a pint?”  Prove it!
  • “How many pints in a quart? ” Prove it!
  • “How many quarts in a gallon?” Prove it!

Students poured water and beans in various containers to prove their answers when converting from one customary unit to another. This was a quick and easy hands-on lesson which kids could practice at home in the kitchen!

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“How many pints in a quart? ” Prove it!
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“How many tablespoons in a cup?” Prove it!
The questions got harder and harder until they were converting some pretty big units in their math books. The gallon challenge will continue to evolve over the next weeks as well…

-Kris Bennett, Middle School Math Teacher